Maryland State House Annapolis
The hometown of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis Maryland has 17 miles of coastline on the Chesapeake Bay and is known for its maritime climate. With a population of about 35,000 Annapolis is a small city but is an important center. Besides the Naval Academy the city is the capital of Maryland. The city is very centrally located, within a 1 hour drive of Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Annapolis is very dog-friendly and has some of the most dog-friendly hotels and activities that you will find in the Mid Atlantic Region.
There are a few very dog-friendly hotels in Annapolis. The Loews Annapolis Hotel at 126 West Street is probably the most pet-friendly. Located only a few feet from the bay this nautically-themed hotel offsers a VIP Pet Program that offers a pet-friendly room service menu, pet sitting, specialized bedding and dishes, treats and more for your dog. Also pet-friendly is the Sheraton Annapolis with special dog amenities as well. There is also a Westin Hotel for medium sized and small dogs and a number of pet-friendly hotels from other chains as well. Also pet-friendly is a B&B named the Scotlaur Inn which is located above Chick & Ruth's Delly in Annapolis. If you want more space than a standard room then there are two Extended Stay America's for you and your pets to stay if you are planning a longer visit to town. For Campers the Washington DC - NE KOA in Millersville is not too far away.
Annapolis has a large number of dog-friendly attractions. The Watermark Cruises offer 40 minute boat tours of the harbor. Well-behaved, leashed dogs can accompany you on these tour boats. They will give you a good history lesson about the city. You can also rent boats at Annapolis Small Boat Rentals for you and your four-legged friend. The Annapolis Trolley Tours will usually take dogs as well as long as no one strongly objects. These tours by trolley cover the main attractions in the city. There are self-guided audio walking and driving tours of Annapolis available as well. If you want to take a scenic and historic driving tour of "Waterman's Country" then the Roots and Tides Driving Tour offers a one hour, 47 mile route. In July and August there are outdoor summer concerts at the city dock where you and your dog can enjoy music. Your dog would probably like to visit Paws Pet Boutique.
Annapolis has a lot of options when it comes to dog-friendly restaurants. Federal House, located on Market Space, has a doggy menu along with it's regular dishes. There are also treats available for your dog. Other dog-friendly restaurants are the Rams Head Tavern, Stan and Joe's Saloon and Johnny Rockets. The Wet Dog Cafe, at 7074 Bembe Beach Road, has breakfast items, sandwiches and more and encourages you to bring pictures of your wet dog.
There are off-leash dog parks in Annapolis. The biggest and most well known is the Quiet Waters Dog Park. This used to include a dog beach but they no longer have the dog beach here. It is still a fenced off-leash park. For taking your leashed dog exploring you can go to the Back Creek Nature Center on Edgewood Road or to the Historic London Town and Gardents. This 23 acre outdoor museum and park offers a historic view at Maryland in the 1700s.